Sun Shines for IT & IT Too Tournaments



York’s Fay Chapman (left) and Karen Retief

York Tennis Club once again hosted this season’s IT Sports Tournament which involved nine couples from six different clubs. Ladies from divisions 1 and 2 in the league competed in two groups, the top two in each group going forward to the semi-finals.

Group match highlights included a close battle between David Lloyd’s Sheila Duxbury and Elaine Hilton who narrowly defeated Jane Parkin and Katy Fowler and Rufforth’s Chris Place and Sue Yoward’s 3-2 victory over Bishopthorpe’s Laura Rhodes and Katie Harvey.

The semi-finals saw York’s Jill Le Pla and Siobhan Gilfillan defeat Dunnington duo Emma Loten and Alex Bolam, and Karen Retief and Fay Chapman overcome Fulford’s Jill McCreedy and Jane Wallace.

This set up an all York final. A highly competitive match saw some top quality tennis, left hander JLP trading some brilliant cross court rallies with strong backhander Karen Retief. In the tightest of finishes, Retief and Chapman showed slightly more consistency to just edge past their team mates and take the title for the first time.



Tournament organisers, York TC, would like to thank all couples that entered and everyone who took part in the raffle, which along with entry fees raised £122 which will be donated to the research charity, Breast Cancer Now.




 Bev Tebbutt (left) and Chris Oldfield from Wilberfoss

The IT Too tournament was held at Bubwith Tennis Club. This event, which is open to players from divisions 3-7 of the ladies league, saw eight couples, from five different clubs take part.

Dunnington’s Liz Stacey and Barbara Plummer, along with Bishopthorpe pair Andrene Watson and Jackie Mason qualified from the group stages, but lost out in the semis.

The final saw young Fulford pair, Sarah Richards and Charlotte O Shea just lose out to the experienced Wilberfoss couple Bev Tebbutt and Chris Oldfield.








This season’s IT Sports and IT Sports Too tournaments will be held on Sunday 11th September. Registration for both events will start at 9.15am, with the final expected to be held around 12.30pm.

Entry for each event will be £5 per person payable on the day, this will cover the cost of balls and refreshments and any monies remaining will be donated to charity.

York Tennis Club will host the IT Sports tournament. This will be open to players mainly from divisions 1 and 2, but players from other divisions are also eligible to take part.

To enter, please contact by 5th September.


Bubwith Tennis club will be hosting the IT Too competition, with some matches possibly being played at Cliffe, should extra court space be needed. This event will be open to players from divisions 3 – 7 only.

To enter please contact  by 5th September.

Both competitions are not club based so a couple could be made up of players from different teams or clubs and even different divisions, though a player from division 1 or 2 could not compete in the IT Too, even if their partner plays in a lower division.

Also, the Beryl Bean Over 55’s tournament will be held at Wigginton on Sunday 25th September, details to follow……


Results week 16


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L to R: Lisa Hunter, Rachael Huggins, Janet Falkingham, Jill Marsden, Justine Vickers, Ali Wortley, Sarah Huggins.


Division 1: York 2 53, Poppleton 1 55.

Division 2: Rufforth 55, Dunnington 2 53; Castlegarth 1 69, Boston Spa 39; Cliffe 13, Fulford 1 95 (J. Middleton & R. Painter 34, W. Cook & P. Craddock 32).

Division 4: Riccall 60, Bubwith 1 48.

Division 5: Cawood 75 (L. Bishop & L. Pope 29), Wigginton 2 33; Bishopthorpe 2 69 (A. Watson & J. Hanson 29), Copmanthorpe 2 39.

Division 7: David Lloyd 4 55, Copmanthorpe 3 53.


Castlegarth’s win against Boston Spa ensures their promotion from division 2 of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League. Champions, Fulford rounded off their campaign with a big win against Cliffe to finish the season unbeaten.

Andrene Watson and Jackie Hanson hit form for Bishopthorpe in their win over Copmanthorpe, which with Wigginton’s defeat at Cawood, sees them take the second promotion slot in division 5 on games difference.



Results Week 15

Division 1: Starbeck 29, Poppleton 1 79 (B. & R. Turnbull 33).

Division 2: Castlegarth 1 67, Dunnington 2 41.

Division 3 : Fulford 2 75, Tollerton 33; Appleton Roebuck 1 43, Castlegarth 2 65; Knaresborough 1 65, Copmanthorpe 1 43.

Wistow champions, Castlegarth 2 promoted.

Division 4: New Earswick 51, David Lloyd 2 57; Dunnington 3 37, Bubwith 1 71.

Dunnington 3 relegated.

Division 6: Appleton Roebuck 2 37, Sheriff Hutton 71; Appleton Roebuck 2 40, David Lloyd 3 68.

David Lloyd 3 champions.

Division 7: David Lloyd 4 56, Wilberfoss 2 52; David Lloyd 4 62, Bubwith 2 46; Copmanthorpe 3 38, Wilberfoss 2 70.

Bubwith 2 champions.

Press Report & Results Week 14


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Left to right : Anne Gray, Helen Gray (capt), Monica Haritakis, Chris Vis, Hester de Groot and Denise Jagger.


York 1 strolled to the first division title in the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League. They thrashed already relegated Starbeck to retain the crown, led by Captain Kathryn Maude and Karen Retief who took 31 games in their emphatic 78-30 victory. Second placed Dunnington finished their season with aplomb, winning all their rubbers against York seconds, Emma Loten and Alex Bolem top scoring with 30 games. Poppleton ensured their first division safety as Belinda and Rebecca Turnbull only dropped a couple of games to inspire their team to victory against Pocklington. Bishopthorpe’s  61-47 win against David Lloyd sends them back to division 2 after just one season in the top flight.

The top two teams fought out a draw in division 2, Fulford are already champions, their opponents, Castlegarth, appear likely to go up with them, though Rufforth look ready to pounce should they slip up. Eleanor Bradshaw made a rare appearance in the ladies league to help see Wigginton home against Pocklington, who will now drop into division 3. Dunnington had a close encounter at Boston Spa, Sue Sumner and Joyce Rhodes taking 10 games in the last rubber to clinch the victory.

Sisters Rachel and Sarah Huggins scored 25 games in Wistow’s 59-49 win at Fulford to confirm their team’s promotion from division 3. Copmanthorpe beat promotion rivals Castlegarth 56-52 to ensure the second promotion slot goes down to the wire. Knaresborough 1 had a comprehensive win against Appleton who will now be relegated, along with Tollerton following their 51-57 defeat to Rowntree Park.

David Lloyd seconds will go up as champions from division 4; their victory against Dunnington leaves the latter struggling to avoid the drop. Already demoted Riccall had a rare victory at Sutton, Jen Tongue and Marisa Dalgleish bagging 25 games. Though already promoted, Bubwith’s shaky close to the season continued as they went down 49-59 to Boston Spa.  Sheena Jackson and Margaret Evans were unbeaten for Poppleton as they recorded a valuable win against New Earswick.

Heworth celebrated promotion from division 5 beating bottom club Knaresborough 84-24, Anne Gray and Chris Viz hitting form to bag 33 games. Wigginton were indebted to Sandra Burley and Catherine Field for their 24 game contribution which enabled them to overcome promotion rivals Bishopthorpe  55-53. Copmanthorpe 2 have lost their battle to stay up, going down 53-55 against Wilberfoss, for whom Ros Latham and Liz Walker starred, taking 21 games. Cawood hammered basement side Knaresborough, who were only able to field two couples.

David Lloyd 3 look likely champions of division 6, second place will be between Fulford and Poppleton, who logged a 62-46 win at Sheriff. Dunnington eased their relegation worries with a 72-36 win against Stamford Bridge.

Gill Northcott and Ingrid Haywood won 29 games in David Lloyd’s division 7 win against Wilberfoss.  This keeps them in the chase for the second promotion slot, along with Copmanthorpe who had a 72-36 triumph at Rufforth.

This season’s IT Sports and IT Sports Too tournaments will take place on Sunday 11th September, please contact team Captains for details.



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York 1 Regulars –  -Left to right, Faye Chapman, Fiona Geldart, Karen Retief, Wendy Stirke, Kathryn Maude (captain), Louise Lister.


Division 1: Bishopthorpe 1 61, David Lloyd 1 47; York 1 78 (K. Retief & K. Maude 31, J.Le Pla & K.Lewis 29), Starbeck 30; Poppleton 1 67 (B & R Turnbull 34), Pocklington 41; Dunnington 1 86 (E. Loten & A. Bolam 30), York 2 22.

Division 2: Boston Spa 51, Dunnington 2 57; Pocklington 2 34, Wigginton 1 74 (E. Bradshaw & D. Holman 33); Fulford 1 54, Castlegarth 1 54; Cliffe conceded to Rufforth.

Divison 3: Castlegarth 2 52, Copmanthorpe 1 56; Knaresborough 1 72, Appleton Roebuck 1 36; Fulford 2 49, Wistow 59; Tollerton 51, Rowntree Park 57.

Division 4: David Lloyd 2 63, Dunnington 3 45; Sutton Upon Derwent 47, Riccall 61; Boston Spa 2 59, Bubwith 1 49; Poppleton 2 59, New Earswick 49.

Division 5: Wigginton 2 55, Bishopthorpe 2 53; Copmanthorpe 2 53, Wilberfoss 1 55; Cawood 80, Knaresborough 2 28 (Knaresborough only had 2 couples), Heworth 84 (A. Gray & C. Vis 33, H. Gray & M. Haritakis 31), Knaresborough 2 24.

Division 6: Sheriff Hutton 46, Poppleton 3 62; Dunnington 4 72, Stamford Bridge 36.

Division 7: Wilberfoss 2 46, David Lloyd 4 62 (G. Northcott & I. Haywood 29); Rufforth 2 36, Copmanthorpe 3 72.


Press Report & Results – Week 13

David Lloyd seconds hammered title rivals Bubwith in division 4 of the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League. Kate Greswold and Fiona White taking 29 games, though they were bettered by team mates Lisa Garland and Liz Taylor in their victory, which virtually assures them of the title. Things remain tight at the foot of the table, Margaret Evans and Linda Moore included a 12-0 in Popp’s win over Sutton to help their team climb the table.  Dunnington 3 recorded a positive result against Boston Spa, which included a 26 game tally from Sarah Grinell and Linda Malloy, so they remain in the fight.

Poppleton’s erratic season in division 1 continued as they were only able to field two couples against Dunnington, crashing to a 90-18 defeat. York 1, on the other hand, carry on demonstrating perfect consistency in their results, this time trouncing Bish 84-24. David Lloyd look likely candidates for the drop as they went down 45-63 at Pocklington, for whom Helen Whilesmith and Liz Jones bagged 23 games. Siobhan Gilfillan and Caroline White were in form for York 2 in their 65-43 win against Starbeck, a victory which ensures the Clifton Park team will remain in the top flight.

Fulford 1 have claimed the division 2 crown, ever present captain Jill McCreedy teamed up with Kelly Spry to lead her team to a comfortable win against Dunnington. Rufforth remain second after defeating Pocklington, a point ahead of Castlegarth, whose 58-50 victory at Wigginton included a 23 game haul from Yvonne Mannell and Helen Robinson. Consistent scores from all three Boston Spa couples saw them overcome bottom club Cliffe 75-33.

Sisters Rachel and Sarah Huggins won 33 games in division 3 table toppers Wistow’s victory against relegation threatened Appleton. Castlegarth and Copmanthorpe remain strong contenders for promotion after both achieved victories against Fulford 2 and Tollerton respectively. Margaret Sykes and Loopy Parker won 25 games in Knaresborough’s precious win over Rowntree Park, a result which elevates them towards mid table safety.

Heworth returned to the top of division 5 after Anne Gray and Chris Vis claimed 25 games in their win at Wilberfoss. Bishopthorpe stay in the battle at the top after a 74-34 win against already relegated Knaresborough. Cawood’s 62-46 triumph over Cop 2 could well prove crucial in their battle to stay up.

Suzanne Straw and Joy Craig won 31 games in division 6 for leaders David Lloyd in their team’s demolition of Dunnington. Fulford 3 had a comprehensive victory over struggling Stamford Bridge so look likely to be promoted. Jo Allerton and Wendy Battle claimed 28 games in Popp’s 76-32 win over Appleton, this leaves Popp with an outside chance of promotion and Appleton struggling near the base of the table.

Bubwith 2 look favourites to be champions of division 7 after a resounding victory over Wilberfoss. David Lloyd 4 appear likely to go up after Jean Laver and Elizabeth Bradley took 30 games in their 76-32 win against Rufforth.

This season’s IT Sports and IT Sports Too tournaments will take place on Sunday 11th September, please contact team Captains for details.



Division 1: Pocklington 1 63, David Lloyd 1 45; York 1 84 (W. Stirke & F. Geldart 30, J. Le Pla & S. Taylor 31), Bishopthorpe 24; Starbeck 43, York 2 65; Dunnington 1 90, Poppleton 1 18 (Popp only had 2 pairs).

Division 2: Rufforth 64, Pocklington 2 44; Cliffe 33, Boston Spa 1 75; Fulford 1 76, Dunnington 2 32; Wigginton 1 50, Castlegarth 1 58.

Division 3: Knaresborough 1 67, Rowntree Park 41; Castlegarth 2 63, Fulford 2 45; Appleton Roebuck 26, Wistow 82 (R & S Huggins 33); Copmanthorpe 1 74 (M. Zhang & L. Swallow 30), Tollerton 34.

Division 4: Dunnington 3 60, Boston Spa 2 48; Sutton Upon Derwent 49, Poppleton 2 59 (M. Evans & L. Moore 27); David Lloyd 2 82 (L. Taylor & L. Garland 33, K. Greswold & F. White 29), Bubwith 26.

Division 5: Bishopthorpe 2 74, Knaresborough 34; Cawood 62 (L. Bishop & L. Pope 28), Copmanthorpe 2 46; Wilberfoss 41, Heworth 67.

Division 6: Fulford 3 86, Stamford Bridge 22; David Lloyd 3 86 (S. Straw & J. Craig 31), Dunnington 4 22; Poppleton 3 76 (W. Battle & J. Allerton 28), Appleton Roebuck 2 32.

Division 7: Bubwith 2 93, Wilberfoss 2 15 (Wilberfoss only had 2 pairs); Rufforth 2 32, David Lloyd 4 76 (J. Leaver & E. Bradley 30).



wig 2 2016

left to right – Maggie Downs, Jill King, Karen Walker,Sandra Burley, Pauline Wreglesworth (captain), Catherine Field. 

York 1 have one hand on the division 1 trophy in the Fulford Ladies Invitation Tennis League. Fay Chapman and Jill Le Pla scored 25 games in their side’s 66-42 victory over Pocklington to maintain their unbeaten record. Dunnington remain second, Mum and daughter Karen and Jess Mitchell teaming up to claim 27 games in their team’s demolition of David Lloyd. Bottom club Starbeck put up a good fight against Poppleton, eventually losing out 50-58. Bishopthorpe were once again indebted to Ellie Page and Laura Rhodes who bagged 29 games in their team’s 57-51 victory against York seconds, a result which may well ensure they keep their first division status.

Fulford 1 are now assured of promotion from division 2 after their 69-39 triumph over Wigginton. Rufforth’s good run sees them enter the race for the second promotion slot, Denise Reilly and Sarah Skidmore contributing 29 games in their victory at Dunnington. A depleted Castlegarth team suffered a heavy loss at Boston Spa, while Cliffe’s defeat at Pocklington confirms their relegation.

Things remain tight at the top of division 3. Emma and Jill Abel scored 26 games in Castlegarth’s 57-51 win against bottom club Tollerton. This keeps the Wetherby club top, a point ahead of Wistow, whose 67-41 win at Knareborough included a 26 game haul from Lisa Hunter and Ali Wortley. Third place Cop keep in touch after a win against Appleton, while consistent scores from all three couples saw Rowntree Park defeat Fulford.

David Lloyd and Bubwith will be promoted from division 4. The former had a straightforward win at Boston Spa, Fiona White and Dinah Burke contributing 26 games. Bubwith lost ground as they fought out a draw with Dunnington. Popp and New Earswick  both recorded 55-53 wins against Riccall and Sutton respectively, leaving things close at the bottom, though Riccall look unlikely to avoid the drop.

Division 5 saw Bev Tebbutt and Chris Oldfield make a rare appearance in the ladies league for Wilberfoss, and in doing so they racked up 27 games in their team’s narrow defeat of Bishopthorpe. Leaders Heworth went down to a surprise 55-53 defeat against Cawood. Wig 2 stay in the chase after a 62-46 win over Knaresborough, whose relegation is now confirmed.

The top two teams, David Lloyd and Fulford, met in division 6, positive scores from all three Fulford couples led them to a 62-46 victory, both teams look likely to go up, in which order remains to be seen. Appleton suffered a heavy defeat against Sheriff so remain in trouble near the foot of the table. Dunnington’s 61-47 win over Popp could prove crucial in their quest to stay in division 6.

Bubwith remain top of division 7 despite losing out 50-58 to David Lloyd.



Division 1: York 1 66, Pocklington 1 42; Poppleton 1 58, Starbeck 50; Bishopthorpe 1 57 (E. Page & L. Rhodes 29), York 2 51; David Lloyd 1 28, Dunnington 1 80.

Division 2 : Fulford 1 69, Wiggington 1 39; Pocklington 2 75 (A. Bland & L. Wilkinson 33), Cliffe 33; Wiggington 1 66, Boston Spa 42; Dunnington 2 43, Rufforth 65 (D. Reilly & S. Skidmore 29); Boston Spa  75 (D. Morrisey & S. Stuart 28), Castlegarth 1 33.

Division 3: Rowntree Park 59, Fulford 2 49; Castlegarth 2 57, Tollerton 51; Copmanthorpe 1 67, Appleton Roebuck 1 41; Wistow 67, Knaresborough 1 41.

Division 4: New Earswick 55, Sutton Upon Derwent 53; Riccall 53, Poppleton 2 55; Bubwith 1 54, Dunnington 3 54; Boston Spa 41, David Lloyd 2 67; Poppleton 2 50, Boston Spa 2 58.

Division 5: Heworth 53, Cawood 55; Wilberfoss 56 (B. Tebbutt & C. Oldfield 27), Bishopthorpe 2 52; Knaresborough 2 46, Wiggington 2 62.

Division 6: Fulford 3 62, David Lloyd 3 46; Appleton Roebuck 2 37, Sheriff Hutton 71; Dunnington 4 61, Poppleton 3 47.

Division 7: David Lloyd 4 58, Bubwith 2 50.